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Sunday, January 1, 2006


Roy Robertson

The Airline Avionics Institute (AAI) has awarded the 2005 Volare Award in Avionics Manufacturer to Roy Robertson, principal systems engineer at Rockwell Collins, for his work on the WXR-2100 multiscan hazard weather detection system. AAI referred to Robertson as Collins' "voice and face" of airborne radar for the past 20 years. He joined the company in 1973. AAI is a non-profit organization comprising avionics manufacturers and service providers. Visit www.rockwellcollins.com.

Dan Marsh

Crane Aerospace & Electronics, Lynnwood, Wash., recently appointed Dan Marsh vice president of Electronic Manufacturing Solutions and Microelectronics Solutions. His new role places him in charge of two of the five units comprising Crane's Electronics Group. His experience in electronics engineering includes positions with Three Five Systems Inc., APSM Systems Inc., and Sanmina-SCI. Visit www.craneaerospace.com.

C.D. Moore

Col. C.D. Moore has been named director of the F/A-22 system program office, succeeding Brig. Gen. Thomas Owen, who served as director since 2002. Moore assumed the position during a ceremony at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. He has served as commander of the first F/A-22 squadron and director of the Combined Test Force at Edwards AFB, Calif., where he was an F/A-22 Air Force test pilot. Visit www.afrl.af.mil.

Jennifer Richardson

Jennifer Richardson has joined Optical Alchemy Inc., a Maynard, Mass.-based manufacturer of ultra-light inertial, stabilized sensor systems for unmanned vehicles, as vice president of engineering. She previously held the same title at Diversified Optical Products. Loral, Lockheed Martin and Alcatel also have employed Richardson. Visit www.opticalalchemy.com

New Officials

Midcoast Aviation has created two new senior vice president positions and announced promotions. The Cahokia, Ill.-based company has named Mike Coate senior vice president, business development, and J.P. Michenon, senior vice president, operations. In addition, Roger Renaud has been promoted to vice president, completion and modification sales; Danny Farnham, vice president, completion and refurbishment; John Kim, vice president, program office and engineering; Morris Smith, vice president, technical services; Bob Staples, senior director, avionics; and Kevin Gettemeier, director, business-to-business products. Visit www.midcoastaviation.com.

Pitts, Johnson, Ensor

Northrop Grumman recently announced a series of promotions. James Pitts has been named corporate vice president and president of the Electronic Systems sector. John Johnson assumes Pitts' former position of vice president and general manager of Northrop's Aerospace Systems Division. And Joseph Ensor has been promoted to Johnson's former position of vice president of the combat avionics systems business unit. He formerly was vice president of combat avionics programs. Visit www.northropgrumman.com.

Martin Smith

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has named Martin Smith chancellor of its Extended Campus, comprising more than 130 teaching centers throughout the world. He has been serving as interim chancellor after Robert Myers left the position to become president of Daniel Webster College. Embry-Riddle has resident campuses in Daytona Beach, Fla., and Prescott, Ariz. Visit www.erau.edu.

David Miller

DiagnoSYS Systems Inc., Kissimmee, Fla., has named David Miller eastern region sales director. Miller has worked in sales of test products at Analog Devices, Teradyne, Mantech, IMS and, prior to joining DiagnoSYS, Eagle Test Systems, where he was director of North American sales. Visit www.diagnosys-usa.com.

Delile, Reville, Attar, Loisel

Reorganizing its sales teams to better serve its partnership with KLM Engineering and Maintenance, Air France Industries has announced four appointments. The French maintenance provider has appointed Bruno Delile senior vice president-industrial business development; Pierre-Yves Reville, senior vice president-marketing and sales; Fouad Attar, vice president-marketing and sales; and Ludovic Loisel, vice president-business development. Air France and KLM united their maintenance capabilities in 2004. Visit www.airfranceindustries.com.

Francois Gayet

The AeroSpace and Defence Industries Association of Europe, Brussels, has appointed Francois Gayet as secretary general, succeeding Roger Hawksworth. Gayet comes from Thales, where he formerly was vice president-marketing and sales. The association supports competitive development in Europe and represents aeronautics and defense industries in the continent. Visit www.asd-europe.org.

Richard Crail

Sino Swearingen, San Antonio, Texas, has named Richard Crail vice president of supply chain. Crail has more than 28 years of supply chain management experience, primarily with Lockheed Martin and Hughes Aircraft. Visit www.sj30jet.com.

Jay Emery

Raytheon Aircraft Services, Wichita, Kan., will determine how far the approach to customer service in the automobile industry can be applied to the corporate aviation market, having recently appointed Jay Emery as it new vice president. Emery formerly played a lead role in customer service at Lexus, the luxury carmaker. Prior to joining Lexus in 1992 he was manager of transportation services for the State of California and director of customer service at United States Fleet Leasing. Visit www.raytheonaircraft.com.

Matthew Zuccaro

The Helicopter Association International (HAI) has selected Matthew Zuccaro to be its president, succeeding Roy Resavage, who had served in the position since 1997. Zuccaro was president of Zuccaro Industries LLC, a consultancy specializing in helicopter-related issues. He has held previous positions at the HAI, including chairman, vice chairman, treasurer, assistant treasurer and special adviser to the association's board. Visit www.rotor.com.

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